MOUNTAIN HIGH HIKERS CALENDAR

Winter  2016

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE DRIVER WHEN CARPOOLING

Hike Ratings:   Distance:     A = up to 3 miles                 Terrain/Footing:  1 = easy
                                          B = 3-6 miles                                                  2 = average

                                          C = 6-8 miles                                                  3 = moderate
                                          D = 8-10 miles                                                4 = strenuous

                                          E = over 10 miles                                           5 = very strenuous

Please contact the Hike Leader for schedule changes, and please review the "Hiking Guidelines" page before the hike.
vv  Trails maintained by MHH
 
##  Designated Wilderness Area (limit 10 hikers/group in NC, 12 hikers/group in GA)

Jan 5

9 AM

C3

Bear Paw and Chestnut Mountain loop trails opposite the Whitewater Center in the Ocoee Gorge, TN. A moderate 7.7 mile hike. Good winter views of gorge.  
Piggly Wiggly in Ducktown,Tn.                                                        Ginny Smith  706-258-8716

Jan 5

9 AM

D3

Hike Inn Trail. 4.9 miles from Amicalola Falls State Park to Len Foote Hike Inn, 4.9 miles return. 9.8 mi total. Several moderate climbs.  Option to return on the Approach Trail.    

Park and Ride in Blairsville                                                       Michael Pilvinsky  706-889-5254

Jan 7

10 AM

B2

Leisure Hike:  Helen to Unicoi State Park. A relatively easy 3 or 6-mile walk from Helen to the lodge at Unicoi.  Option of return hike or leave cars at Unicoi for a 1-way hike. About 5.8 miles round trip. Lunch at the lodge or bring your own.                                                                                

Public parking lot in Helen                                                            Nancy Shofner  706-745-1657

Jan 7

9:00

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                           Bronco Burnsworth 706-745-9610

Jan 12

9 AM

C3

Miller Trek This 6.5 mile loop is moderately difficult with an elevation change of 1,400 feet and some rough, rocky footing. Some nice winter views of Lake Chatuge   

Trailhead parking at Brasstown Valley resort.                         Bronco Burnsworth  706-745-9610

Jan 12

9 AM

D3

Unicoi Gap on the AT to Indian Grave Gap, then back via the Rocky Mountain Trail.
Unicoi Gap on Hwy 75 south of Hiawassee                                    Mary Patrick   706-379-4170

Jan 14

9:00

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                           Bronco Burnsworth 706-745-9610

Jan 19

9 AM

D3

Yonah Mountain near Cleveland, GA. A 5 mile moderately strenuous round trip with 1,700 feet elevation gain. Trail is a combination of moderate and some steep and rocky sections. Stunning views! 
Unicoi Gap on Hwy. 75 south of Hiawassee                              
Steve Dennison   706-253-3938

Jan 19

9 AM

C3

Unicoi Gap to Chattahoochee Gap and return on the AT.  A 8.8 mile hike.  Some rough, rocky footing.  Side trip to Blue Mt. Shelter.
Unicoi Gap on Hwy 75
                                                                     Mary Patrick   706-379-4170

Jan 21

9:30 AM

B2

Leisure Hike:  Brush Creek Loop from Hwy. 64 Parking south of Ducktown, TN. Easy 5 mile loop with some views of the Ocoee River along the way. 
Piggly Wiggly in Ducktown, TN                                                        
Hank Baudet  706-455-5583

Jan 21

9:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.           

 Blairsville Park and Ride                                    Bronco Burnsworth 706-745-9610

Jan 26

9 AM

B2

Big Lost Creek is located in TN. on the BMT. Less than six miles in and out. This mostly level hike follows Big Lost Creek. Beautiful gorge, high rock walls on each side. Cascading rapids, falls, and beautiful rock formations on one side. Giant icicles in winter make this a gorgeous winter hike.

Piggly Wiggly Parking lot in Ducktown,                                   Dave Werkheiser   706-669-8439

Jan 26

9 AM

D3

Hogpen Gap on Richard Russell Hwy to Low Gap Shelter and return. A round  trip of 8.4 mi on the AT. Nice winter views.

Choestoe Baptist Church on Hwy 180                                            Candy Retter   706-835-1344

Jan 28

9:00

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                           Bronco Burnsworth 706-745-9610

Feb 2

9 AM

B2

Dally Gap to Jack’s River. 5 mi. hike up Hemp Top Trail to intersection with the BMT at Spanish Oak Gap to Jacks River Trail to the river. Bring poles, river shoes if you want to cross the river.

Home Depot in Blue Ridge                                                               Tom Sewell   706-669-6406

Feb 2

9 AM

C3

Trails of Tallulah Gorge State Park. Hike the North Rim Tr. with its views of several falls, go down Hurricane Falls staircase to the swinging bridge (approx 200 steps each way), then hike the High Bluff Loop, and maybe trek a portion of Stoneplace Tr..A moderate hike with no long climbs (except the steps) 6-8 miles depending on what the group decides.

Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee                        George Owen  706-897-3366

Feb 4

10 AM

B2

Jack Rabbit Trail  5-6 miles of fairly east hiking on the edge of Lake Chatuge.

Jack Rabbit parking on Jack Rabbit rd. off Hwy. 75 north of Hiawassee    Nancy Shofner 706-745-1657

Feb 4

9:00

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                           Bronco Burnsworth 706-745-9610

Feb 9

9 AM

B3

Benton MacKaye Trail from Hwy. 60 at Wilscot Gap to Skeenah Gap. This 5.3 mile section is constantly  going up and down. Many of these short grades are steep.  Shuttle required                                                                             
Park & Ride in Blairsville                                                                Judie Kean   706-745-4998

Feb 9

9 AM

C3

Benton MacKaye Trail from Hwy. 60 across Toonowee Mountain to the suspension bridge and return for 7.2 miles round trip.  Elevation change 800 ft. in, 900 ft out.
Park & Ride in Blairsville                                                               Michael O’Brien   706-745-6260

Feb 11

9:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.           

 Blairsville Park and Ride                                    Bronco Burnsworth 706-745-9610

Feb 16

9 AM

B3

Indian Grave Gap to Tray Mountain and back.  5.0 mile moderate hike on the AT to Tray Mt., The trail passes Indian Grave Gap (3113 ft), a fabulous hillside of galax, the “cheese factory” turnoff, a viewpoint just before Tray Mt. (4430 ft). 

Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee           Bob and Sue Astley  404-702-0273

Feb 16

9 AM

C4

Arkaquah Trail from Trackrock Gap to Brasstown Bald parking lot, then down to Jacks Gap for a total of 7.8 miles of strenuous hiking. Trail ascends 2100 ft. and descends 1400. Spectacular views. 

Jacks Gap at base of Brasstown Bald on Hwy 180                    Dave Werkheiser   706-669-8439

Feb 18

9 AM

B37

Leisure Hike:  Bear Hair Trail in Vogel State Park.  Loop hike of about 4 miles with some moderate to steep climbs.  Bring hiking sticks and State Park pass or $5.  3.9 miles to trailhead

Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180.

Feb 18

9:00

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                           Bronco Burnsworth 706-745-9610

Feb 23

9 AM

C2

Stanley Gap Trail from Deep Gap parking area on Aska Road to the intersection with the Benton MacKaye Trail and return. 4.5 miles round trip. Moderae climb to BMT and downhill on the return. 

Food Lion parking lot in Blue Ridge.                                              Ken Cissna   706-636-1741

Feb 23

9 AM

C2

Woody Gap to Gooch Gap on the AT.  7.5 miles round trip. A moderate hike with two nice viewpoints.  Come see the new re-lo GATC and Konnarock did in 2014.                          
Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180                           Candy Retter   706-835-1344

Feb 25

9:00

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                          Richard Sullivan  706-374-5281

Mar 1

9 AM

C3#

Woody Gap over Big Cedar Mt. to Miller Gap on the AT, then down Dockery Lake Trail for a total of 6.4 miles.  Shuttle required.  Very scenic hike with flame azaleas in spring 

Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180                           Cathie Stallings  706-835-1639

Mar 1

9 AM

D4

Panthers Creek Falls in the Cohuttas. The hike will start at the Three Forks area, proceed 2.3 miles on East Cowpen Tr., then turn onto Panther Cr Tr down to falls (another 2.3 miles) then back out the same way for 9.2 total miles.                                                                             
Blue Ridge Home Depot                                                                Ginnie Smith  706-258-8716

Mar 1
6:00PM

Covered Dish Supper / Business Meeting  Sharp Memorial Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Young Harris.  Bring a covered dish for 8.

For info call : Candy Retter 706-835-1344 or candy.retter@gmail.com

Mar 3

9:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.           

 Blairsville Park and Ride                                    Richard Sullivan  706-374-5281

Mar 8

9 AM

C3

  BMT: Springer parking lot, up AT to Springer, then BMT to 3 Forks. 7 mi. mod hike. Southern terminus of the AT and the BMT with memorial marker for Benton MayKaye.  Beautiful rock outcropping overlook.  3 Forks is the confluence of Stover, Chester and Long Creeks. Shorter version for those not wanting to go the whole distance.

Food Lion in Ellijay at 9:00                                                            Ken Cissna   706-636-1741

Mar 8

9 AM

E4

Long Branch Trail to AT to Albert Mt.  10.5 mi.  Up to the AT on Long Branch Trail, from the Backcountry Information Center, hike south on the AT to Albert Mt lookout tower and return. 
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                                                       George Owen  706-897-3366

Mar 10

B3

10:00

Liesure Hike: Arkaquah Trail from Brasstown parking lot out a couple of miles (maybe to rock overlook) and back. Some hills. Great views.

Brasstown Bald parking lot                                                        Nancy Shofner  706-745-1657

Mar 10

9:00

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                           Richard Sullivan  706-374-5281

Mar 15

9 AM

B3

Jacks Gap to the Chattachoochee Gap on the AT using the Jack Knob Trail.  
5
mile round trip hike which has several moderate grades.  Visit the springs for the source of the Chattahoochee River! 
Jacks Gap -(-parking lot at the BASE of Brasstown Bald)                   Judie Kean  706-745-4998

Mar 15

9 AM

D4

Dicks Creek Gap south on the AT to Kelly Knob and return.  9 miles.

Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee.             Michael O’Brien   706-745-6260

Mar 17

9:00

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                           Richard Sullivan  706-374-5281

Mar 22

9 AM

C3

Green Mountain Trail in Fannin County from Shady Falls.  Hiking one side of the Long Branch Loop, breaking off at the Long Branch Connector over to the Green Mountain Trail, and taking it to Lake Blue Ridge—then back7 miles. Views of Lake Blue Ridge

Food Lion Blue Ridge                                                                        Ken Cissna   706-636-1741

Mar 22

9 AM

D3

Smith Creek Trail from Unicoi State Park to Anna Ruby Falls and back. A moderate 9 mile hike with some rocky footing. Lunch at Falls.  

Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee           Dave Werkheiser   706-669-8439

Mar 24

9 AM

B3            

Leisure Hike: Raven Cliffs Trail.  A scenic 5 mile round trip hike along a cascading mountain stream to towering cliffs with two waterfalls. Some difficult footing due to erosion.

Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy. 180                          Cathie Stallings  706-835-1639  

Mar 24

9:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.           

 Blairsville Park and Ride                                    Richard Sullivan  706-374-5281

Mar 29

9 AM

B3

Park Creek Trail with crossover to Park Ridge Trail   Standing Indian area. 5 miles with some stream crossings. A favorite spring hike because of beautiful wildflower display.

ngles parking lot in Hayesville                                               Steve Dennison  706-253-3938

March 29

9 AM

E4

Unicoi Gap to Tray Mountain on the AT with return on the Rocky Mountain Trail.  A 10.4 mile strenuous hike, 2400 ft. elevation gain.  Great view from Tray Mountain.              
Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee.               Jerry Carnes  706-896-4690


In order to accommodate different hiking levels, we might do “timed-in-and-out” hikes.
Revised
12/30/15